Ah yes, another week is upon us, and BiS3 hasn’t formally debuted yet, nor has an official release hit record store shelves, so that can only mean one thing — probably! they’ll tease at least one more new song and give an update on when the suddenly-a-lot-more-interesting-than-most-people-I-think-expected-they’d-be group debuts.
This was a safe assumption! And between the teaser strategy and the soundscapes at play, among other things, it feels less like a BiS debut and more like, well, their original namesakes’ rise four years ago. I find this business decision smart and good because, efforts made to the contrary, the most BiS-like thing to debut from WACK since 2015 has been pre-major BiSH, so really, emulating that whole move is a-okay in my book. The evidence? As if it hasn’t been abundantly clear, this debut is coming with some really cool musical choices (ah, those liberal pinches of heaviness), including these two new ones, which include what for me is one of the most interesting tracks that any notable in idol has done this year:
I mean, MIGMA SHELTER was pretty much always awesome in the first place and you could be in some kind of time warp guessing which “new” track is so awesome, or awesome enough to warrant this kind of treatment. I’m talking about right now, though! Today! July 12, 2019! Holy crap, I’m … this many years old!
The re-formed MIGMA SHELTER has a single coming out next week. If you were wondering if it would be good, what’s wrong with you, but also wonder no more:
In what appears to be a weekly thing now, re-reformed BiS have dropped another pair of songs on dropbox and Soundcloud. Provided Brand-new Idol Society (not the 2011 one) doesn’t have any re-recordings of older songs, it’s starting to feel like this whole album is slowly being released for free at this point. Not that I’m complaining, I’m so skint I’m having to ration my bog roll. My bog roll, people!!
Dropbox links for this is not a love song and 1,2,3!! right here, as well as their Soundcloud for if the WACK bandwidth runs out again.
It is the fault of nobody at all that Zenbu Kimi no Sei Da decided to flash-preview their ninth(!) single, which is coming at the end of the month, which threw me into an absolute tizzy of confusion about which release is which and when it’s happening and it didn’t actually matter because this all happened on Saturday and Team had one heck of a weekend. By the time we were able to catch up, the whole moment had passed, so I figured, hell, we missed the window, but we can still share, and let’s do it like always because if there’s one thing that Homicidols Dot Com has done consistently over these long years, it’s share Codomomental tracks on a template!
Now, ordinarily this is where we begin the whole song and dance about release windows and I do the performative routine and blah blah blah, so let’s fill in the gaps. Single:
And the track, you can still preview that (as of this writing!) … hhere.
No, man, I told you, we missed the window. In fact, because there are other Zenkimi items but this is purely for archival purposes, this post is over!
Sitting down to a first listen of the fifth BiSH album, CARROTS and STiCKS, the big question is: Which BiSH will predominate? The brazen punks who got kicked out of Tokyo Idol Festival? The potential game changers who released a two-minute thrash punk single as their major label debut? Or the commercial idols who promote cell phones and sing anime theme songs?
We know the punk is still in BiSH as demonstrated every time they let Ling Ling center and she does the emotional equivalent of kicking your teeth down your throat. At the same time, it’s hard to give punk cred to a group that’s signing exclusive deals with Apple to restrict the digital distribution of their own music. I certainly won’t begrudge a person for making a living off their art, especially in the crap ass world of Japanese entertainment where the vast majority of power and profits are concentrated in the hands a few management moguls who are far less benevolent than BiSH’s boss-who-we-love-to-hate, Junnoske Watanabe. And it’s not like those of us who have climbed aboard the BiSH train can cry about genre, aesthetic or ideological purity anyway. Watanabe has never hidden the fact that he is punk in the same way that Malcolm McLaren was punk: thumbing the nose of a conservative society is good fun and all, but only if you can make a buck (pound or yen) doing it.
BiS gave us another round of previews from their new album that frustratingly has the same name as their first. You might have already heard “BiS3” by now, but listen to it again because now there are actual member vocals and not Watanabe’s on it!
And a brand-new song, “SURRENDER”.
Dang it, BiS. So many of us were skeptical of this third generation incoming, but these are some pretty solid tracks right here! I guess we’re stuck here forever. On that note, should you want to listen to these tracks forever (or at least until they’re on an actual album) both BiS3 and SURRENDER are free to download on Dropbox. I’d suggest grab them quick before Watanabe’s account runs out of bandwidth again!
Hey! I only have a minute so forgive the blow-through, but check it: The everlasting joy that is Zenbu Kimi no Sei Da, who are in the midst of releasing a remixed, re-recorded album of past hits with the updated membership, just keep sending out previews, as you could probably have inferred from the title of this post. Well, there’s another one today, and this is right under the wire!
“Oh noes!” you cry out, “I may be too late!” And to that, mis amigos, I say, have you not been paying attention to Homicidols Dot Com and our wink-and-nudge relationship with Codomomental all these years? Just look after the jump! Continue reading
So Wagamama Rakia, who were low-key one of the big breakout success stories in chika idol last year along with temporarily fluid membership situation and goodness knows what all else, I lost track, have an album on the way. Like, imminently. And, as is smart and good and hale and all that, they dropped a trailer for it yesterday. It is, however, one of the more unique trailers that I’ve ever encountered.
The run time is 4:02. In your own personal realm of experience — which of course can vary based on a whole mess of factors — and assuming that all songs on the album are given approximately equivalent feature time in the trailer, how many tracks do you think it contains? tHe AnSwEr MaY sHoCk YoU! Continue reading
Man, you guys, after the feelings of middling disappointment spawned by hearing Watanabe-sama’s vocal fill-in on the first track from BiS3, I was not feeling good about this whole project’s yet-again comeback. Like, BiS was once upon a time one of the coolest and most important things in music, and while a lot of BiS1’s success can be tied to the personalities involved and the angle that they took to everything, at the heart of it was the fact that their music was that damn good, and that they had the right vocal mix to crush the hell out of it while telling a compelling story about their own personality blend. Even BiS2 had its moments in that regard, but it was, yeah in retrospect but also in real time if you opened yourself to the idea, kind of clearly a knock-off. It just didn’t have the same energy or spawn the same feelings of possibility.
With the latest reboot, one could be forgiven for going into it with diminished expectation. A copy of a copy is, after all, two full orders of magnitude lesser than the original*, and I’ll go ahead and out myself as one of those who felt like BiS was getting another run more to fulfill a contractual obligation to a record label and to sell out remaining IDOL merch inventory. Other people were apparently more than ready for BiS3, though, because the initial announcement of this track’s availability (yesterday) exceeded the download bandwidth and was all but inaccessible. Good thing for Soundcloud, then, and good thing for us — this is a winner: